was the first child born to Wyatt Holt.
She was born in Rowan County, North
Carolina, 29 April 1801. Although very
little information is known about
Mary, it is documented her
father was living in Rowan
County from 1800 to 1805. (See Wyatt
Hoult page in Index). It's only a guess
that her name was Mary Ann? since she had a
daughter by that name.
the 1810 and 1820 U.S. Census, Mary was
listed with her parents. She lived at home until
she married on 14 November 1822, in Buncombe
County, North Carolina, where her
family lived at the time.
many library records, Holt families were of the
Baptist belief. This was also true of the
Wyatt Holt family. So it would be a
good guess that Mary Holt met her husband at
church, for she married a Baptist minister,
Rev. Jonathan King. He was born on 20
December 1800, in Buncombe County. Research
revealed there are "two" views on
who his parents were. Since Benjamin King, Sr.
was a witness on two Deeds with Wyatt Holt,
the view that believes he was Jonathan's father
and Rebecca was his mother, seems more
plausible, considering the closeness of
the two families. However, the other
view says Jonathan King's father was Samuel King.
Baptist Biographies 1707-1982" Vol.
2, by Robert P. Hamby, has many
members of the King family
listed. Using records from the
churches, Mr. Hamby records that
Benjamin King Sr. was the son of Samuel
King, born 1746 in Virginia, and died in
Henderson Co., N.C. in 1828. Samuel's
wife was Elizabeth Underwood Davenport, b
Sept 15, 1737, died in March 1827. He writes
that she was the widow of Matthew Davenport, and
the daughter of Joseph Underwood of Virginia and
his wife, Molly Brown, who was the widow of
John Brown of Ireland. He states
this Samuel King and wife had a son named
Jonathan...but...their son, Jonathan
married Sarah Taylor. Hamby also records that
Benjamin King had two sons who were
Baptist ministers, Jonathan King and
Benjamin Franklin king.
The Baptist Church of Hendersonville, North Carolina, was
founded 8 Oct 1844. Jonathan King
was a founder and council member.
Mary was a charter member. Hamby writes this
church actually began in 1802 with 25 charter
members at Mud Creek. Clearly
this was where the Holt family attended church, as
Mud Creek was within 2 miles of Shaws Creek where
they lived. Actually, Mud Creek
goes in a half-circle, so its waters might have
connected to Shaws Creek at that time.
seems that after her father left the area,
Mary's maiden name was forgotten. Mr.
Hamby (author of book named
above) found mentions of Mary in
church records as being Mary
King...but apparently found nothing about her
other than as Jonathan King's wife ... for he
confused her name with the name of Jonathan's
second wife, Nancy.
Mary's father sold all of his property,
Jonathan King bought 255 acres from him at
a price below what Wyatt paid for it.
Jonathan's wife was not named in the transaction,
as often was the practice in those days.
Holt King had 14 children. She died on
27 November 1856. It is said she was
buried in Henderson County. Could that
mean she was buried on their land at
Shaws Creek where her Mother may have been buried? Or, was Mary
buried at the little church cemetery at Mud
Creek where her husband, Jonathan, was
ordained? If she was buried on private land,
that would account for no gravestone remaining
Hamby book mentions James Blythe, Jr., who
purchased 200 acres on Shaws Creek in
September 1794. We can rightly assume
this is the same 200 acres Wyatt
Holt bought from a member of his church,
James Blythe, Jr. This was
also the same property Mary's husband, Jonathan
King, bought from her father.
King married again on 18 October 1857. His
new wife was Nancy Whitmire, born 11 Feb
1813. By the 1870 Census, they
had moved to Pickens County,
South Carolina. His Census lists
his Real Estate value at $6000 and his personal
estate value at $4000. Jonathan King died on
23 August 1883. It is said he was buried
on his plantation. Nancy died after 1884.
are the children of Mary Holt and husband,
Jonathan King. All were born in Buncombe
County, North Carolina. It is hoped
that Mary gave a daughter her Mother's name.
They are listed below according to birth:
Elizabeth Elmira King...............b 30 April
Sarah Naomi King.....................b 13 August
Jeremiah King...........................b 25
Samuel Barnett King.................b 21 Feb 1827
Mary Ann King..........................b 21
W. Hannah King, b 21 Feb 1830 (could the W.
stand for Wyatt? )
David King...b 18 May 1831...Died fighting in the
Rebecca Emmaline King...........b 5 Feb 1833
Harriet Lee King.......................b 23 July
Jacob King................................b 3
Charlotte T. King......................b 19
Susannah Almirinda King.........b 27 December 1840
James Webster King................b 12 November
Jonathan Lafayette King..........b 27 October 1846
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